HBO gets 'Girls' from 'Tiny Furniture's' Lena Dunham
The cable network has given a series order to a show about young women in New York, but any "Sex and the City" comparisons should probably stop there. Rather than celebrating the fabulousness of women in their 30s, "Girls" will be about "the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s."
Lena Dunham, who received a bunch of critical kudos and three Independent Spirit Award nominations for her indie film "Tiny Furniture," created the show and will also star. She's executive producing with Judd Apatow ("Knocked Up," "Freaks and Geeks") and Jenni Konner ("Undeclared," "Help Me Help You"); "Sopranos" veteran Ilene S. Landress is a co-exec producer.
"Lena Dunham quickly established herself as an important young talent with her first feature film," HBO Entertainment president Sue Naegle says. "We are thrilled to team up with her and fellow executive producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner for this exciting project."
The "Girls" cast also features Zosia Mamet ("Mad Men," "Parenthood"), Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" co-star Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams and Adam Driver ("You Don't Know Jack"). The series begins filming in New York in the spring.